No-Bake Brownie Bites

If you’re a fan of Nutella, you’ll love the chocolate-hazelnut flavor in these energy bites.

by Jamie Vespa, R.D. Recipe Developer

When you're living with ulcerative colitis, limiting added sugar is an important way to keep inflammation at bay. These bites are naturally sweetened with dates, which add a concentrated dose of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, too. Get the scoop on how we developed our UC Cooking Club recipes!

Total Time
15 min


  • 12 pitted Medjool dates
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup hazelnuts
  • ¼ cup almond butter
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. kosher salt


    1. Place dates, cashews, and hazelnuts in a food processor; process until mixture is finely chopped. Add almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla, and salt; process until mixture just starts to clump together.
    1. Roll mixture into 1 Tbsp. balls and chill until ready to eat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Nutrition Info

Per Serving: 183 calories; 10g fat; 1g saturated fat; 0mg cholesterol; 70mg sodium; 23g carbohydrate; 4g fiber; 4g protein; 17g sugar; 47mg calcium; 1mg iron; 224mg potassium
Jamie Vespa, R.D.
Meet Our Writer
Jamie Vespa, R.D.

Jamie is a registered dietitian, nutrition and food journalist, and digital influencer who operates the health-centric food blog and social media accounts, Dishing Out Health. She's the former Assistant Nutrition Editor at Cooking Light magazine. Prior to that, Jamie worked as a Clinical Nutrition Specialist with a focus on counseling organ-transplant recipients at a hospital in Tampa. She completed both her undergraduate dietetics degree and graduate clinical nutrition degree at Florida State University. Jamie lives in Denver.